The New York Jets took to the waiver wire in hopes to improve their current special-teams situation. According to Field Yates of ESPN, New York has claimed former Minnesota Vikings kicker Kaare Vedvik.
The Jets claimed former Vikings K Kaare Vedvik, per source.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 1, 2019
Vedvik began training camp with the Baltimore Ravens and he spent the first two weeks of the preseason with them. The second-year kicker dazzled in his first two preseason games with the Ravens by making all four of his field-goal attempts. Most impressively, Vedvik was able to make a 55-yard field goal with ease against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Along with his ability to make field goals, Vedvik was also being utilized as Baltimore's punter. Due to his kicking prowess, the Vikings decided to acquire Vedvik for a fifth-round draft pick. The 25-year-old placekicker was expected to join Minnesota to compete with Dan Bailey and Matt Wile to be the team's kicker or punter.
Unfortunately, Vedvik struggled in his two preseason games with the Vikings. The young kicker made only one of his four field-goal tries and didn't do much in the punting department.
As a result, Minnesota released Vedvik as part of their bevy of roster moves to cut their roster down to 53 players on Saturday. The Jets are in need of help at kicker and are hoping Vedvik can provide them with that.
Shortly after claiming Vedvik, the Jets released Taylor Bertolet to make room for the newly signed kicker.
Bertolet served as the team's kicker during the preseason; making only five of his eight field-goal attempts.